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    Ubuntu is described as 'community developed, Linux-based operating system that is perfect for laptops, desktops and servers. It contains all the applications you need - a web browser, presentation, document and spreadsheet software, instant messaging and much more' and is a leading operating system in the os & utilities category. There are more than 100 alternatives to Ubuntu for a variety of platforms, including Linux, Windows, BSD, Self-Hosted solutions and Electrum. The best alternative is Linux Mint, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like Ubuntu are Debian, Manjaro Linux, Fedora and elementary OS.

    Ubuntu is mainly a Operating System but alternatives to it may also be Linux Distros. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of Ubuntu.
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    1. Linux Mint is one of the most popular desktop Linux distributions and used by millions of people. The purpose of Linux Mint is to produce a modern, elegant and comfortable operating system which is both powerful and easy to use. Latest: Uma (20.2).
      Linux Mint vs Ubuntu opinions
      Almost everyone thinks Linux Mint is a great alternative to Ubuntu.
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      imjohndoe Works right out of the box. Good compatibility
      Top positive comment  almost 2 years ago

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      It's easier and more comfortable to use.
      Top positive comment  over 5 years ago

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      It's just a Ubuntu derivate like a thousand other distributions, nothing special other than Cinnamon desktop and a Windows-like looking-and-feel.
      Top negative comment  almost 3 years ago

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      franklinwang36 It has no enough technical support. Do settings as in slackware?
      Positive comment 2 months ago

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      Derivate of it, comes most close to it
      Positive comment over 1 year ago

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      The changeover is very easy for Windows users.
      Positive comment about 2 years ago

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      With Linux Mint had Smooth installation without any issues and good experience, Look & Feel can be better for Linux Mint. stable builds With Ubuntu had issues during & post installation & system became unstable, screen freezed couple of times and had to do a hard reboot.
      Positive comment about 4 years ago

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    2. The Debian Project is an association of individuals who have made common cause to create a free operating system. This operating system that we have created is called Debian.
      Debian vs Ubuntu opinions
      Most users think Debian is a great alternative to Ubuntu.
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      JohnFastman Ubuntu and it's derivatives (Mint, Kubuntu, KDE Neon, ElementaryOS, Xubuntu, Lubuntu) are all based on Debian. All are compatible with .deb software packages. All are easier than Ubuntu to setup. But Debian has a greater loyalty to the ideals of free and open source software.
      Top positive comment  over 5 years ago

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      johndoee ubuntu is based on debian (debian is the father of ubuntu)
      Top positive comment  about 4 years ago

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      It doesn't let you install proprietary drivers and doesn't have a GUI to manage these drivers like Ubuntu or Mint has, due to its philosophy. That's a thing people forget to mention when saying Debian is the option for Ubuntu or even Mint, so it isn't.
      Top negative comment  over 4 years ago

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      campbellbrendene Very fast and responsive compared to Ubuntu, especially at boot. Core packages are updated more frequently than on Ubuntu, also.
      Positive comment almost 3 years ago

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      There are no GUI (graphical ways) to install drivers and language packs. Everything should be done using the terminal. 2. Their website is very confusing for newbies to understand 3. The main ISO doesn't have proprietary stuff included, like proprietary drivers 4. You can use ppas like Ubuntu 5. No snap support as default 5. Complex installer 6. The packages are very old to maintain the stability, it can be very annoying for the users that want the most modern version of the programs first.
      Negative comment over 3 years ago

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      Buster_Blue It's what Ubuntu is directly based on. It also isn't as hard to use as it used to be. I'd say that anyone who isn't completely new to Linux should be able to use it just fine. Though I'd recommend sticking with the stable branch of Debian if you are still relatively new, then moving to the other branches later on.
      Positive comment over 4 years ago

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      SriramaKumar Debian is actually mostly like Ubuntu. In fact, Ubuntu is based off Debian. I think other distros like Fedora are literal alternatives to it.
      Positive comment about 5 years ago

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    3. Manjaro is a user-friendly Linux distribution based on the independently developed Arch operating system.
      Manjaro Linux vs Ubuntu opinions
      Almost everyone thinks Manjaro Linux is a great alternative to Ubuntu.
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      Best alternative for gaming. No data collection. (Ubuntu collects user data.) Manjaro has a very friendly community: https://forum.manjaro.org and +manjaro:matrix.org Manjaro is rolling release, Ubuntu has to be reinstalled (as distro version upgrades usually doesn't go well). Manjaro has more software available in the Software Manager than Ubuntu.
      Top positive comment  over 2 years ago

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      1. Arch-based 2. Easy to install 3. Care about stability even being a rolling release kind of distro 4. It has GUIs for installing kernel, drivers and complex language packs 5. It has Pamac which is the most complete package manager/store in the Linux with supports and have access to the official repo, AUR, snap and flatpak. 6. it has different desktop environments for your taste 7. Good performance on games 8. It has minimal versions for tinkers.
      Top positive comment  almost 2 years ago

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      mlemmark A good distribution, but often breaks during an update, to use it, you need to be aware of new changes in their forum. It says it's for newbies, but it doesn't differs so much from Arch. Since it's a rolling-release/bleeding-edge distribution, it is not as stable as Linux Mint, Ubuntu and so on.
      Positive comment over 1 year ago

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      Manjaro Linux has a pleasant environment for the new user. It is also a great option for those who have a computer with basic hardware.
      Positive comment over 2 years ago

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      oomelyannaoo Stable, well documented, easy to use. Has everything Ubuntu has, but with more stability and less resources-consuming embellishments.
      Positive comment over 2 years ago

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      I have used so many distros, but this is the best Linux distro, awesome. Use without moderation :D
      Positive comment almost 3 years ago

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      Arch based, many great software's via official repositories, and a rolling release means you won't lag behind in software. It is very stable and easy to use with many of the popular desktop environments.
      Positive comment over 4 years ago

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    4. Fedora creates an innovative, free, and open source platform for hardware, clouds, and containers that enables software developers and community members to build tailored solutions for their users.
      Fedora vs Ubuntu opinions
      Most users think Fedora is a great alternative to Ubuntu.
      9y0xwefhpw Albeit Fedora is supported by bigger company (Red Hat), it does not spy on users like Ubuntu. Fedora comprises only freedom software except for firmware (which can be resolved by freed-ora) unlike Ubuntu. Cleaner upgrade than Ubuntu.
      Top positive comment  almost 4 years ago

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      it sues the same interface snap can run on it and openjdk and java se rduntimeare just as buggy on it than ubuntu
      Top positive comment  over 1 year ago

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      It doesn't have proprietary codecs and drivers pre-installed like Ubuntu. It's hard to install it, not for newbies.
      Top negative comment  over 3 years ago

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      mlemmark It's not as stable as it's Ubuntu, it often breaks during an update, its package manager is just to slow to search, install and update packages when compared to APT (Debian/Ubuntu) or Pacman (Arch/Manjaro). Fedora is a distribution focused for testing, for developers, not for normies.
      Negative comment over 1 year ago

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      Fedora doesn't come with proprietary codecs, drivers and applications installed by default is a headache to get them to work and install. Not suited for newbies, but for devs or people that know how to deal with such problem.
      Negative comment almost 2 years ago

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      The Fedora project is not done with the original concern of creating Linux distro, at least not for the general public, it is an experimentation laboratory for a corporate linux and people are its guinea pigs. It is a bad concept compared to other know-how, skills, in other distro's that have a company branch. So ordinary people like me, go your way, unless you're masochistic.
      Negative comment almost 3 years ago

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    5. elementary OS is a free, fast and aesthetically pleasing operating system based on Ubuntu .
      elementary OS vs Ubuntu opinions
      Most users think elementary OS is a great alternative to Ubuntu.
      Delivers a beautiful graphical interface. Offers basic apps to play your music, videos and view pictures, designed around 'Less is more'. However, it is still based on Ubuntu, and so it can do the same things. Need advanced functionality? whip out the terminal and install any package supported by Ubuntu.
      Top positive comment  about 5 years ago

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      It treats flatpak as dangerous and makes the users afraid to download non-curated apps. The distro also doesn't allow the user to customize or change the theme without needing to add third-party stuff that isn't even on the official repos (on purpose) and often breaks each new version.
      Top negative comment  almost 2 years ago

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      mlemmark They are "open source" but makes everything to act as they weren't by not letting users fork their store, their DE, their applications easily in other distros. They want a walled garden where only their distro has such features. This is why you don't see other distros using their DE, their "curated" set of applications. It's everything (mostly) stuck in their distro and when you try to install it elsewhere, it demands stuff that only works in their system.
      Negative comment over 1 year ago

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      It's Ubuntu-based, however you cannot use PPAs, there is no way to install .deb packages by clicking, you need to download stuff from their Store to make it work and the newbies won't know it. It's very limited in customization, takes a long time to make new versions compared to Ubuntu is always late in updates. It lacks many applications which isn't good when you try to make a OS for newbies.
      Negative comment over 3 years ago

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      JohnFastman Elementary and Ubuntu are Debian-based Linux distros. Elementary OS is based on Ubuntu. Different UIs (Elementary uses Pantheon, Ubuntu uses Unity). If it work on Ubuntu, it will work on Elementary. But Elementary are a team of designers and lag behind in terms of security. It's also oversimplistic for anyone but complete beginners in Linux.
      Negative comment over 5 years ago

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    6. Xubuntu is an elegant and easy-to-use operating system. Xubuntu comes with Xfce, which is a stable, light and configurable desktop environment. It is based on Ubuntu Debian Linux.
      Xubuntu vs Ubuntu opinions
      Almost everyone thinks Xubuntu is a great alternative to Ubuntu.
      Xubuntu is nothing more than Ubuntu with the XFCE desktop environment and fewer included packages. I think it's far superior because it's faster than easier to use than Ubuntu.
      Positive comment about 4 years ago

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      JohnFastman Xubuntu is Ubuntu in almost every way. The difference is that instead of Ubuntu's Unity desktop, you get the XFCE desktop, which - in my opinion - is much better. But it's certainly faster on older/slower computers.
      Positive comment over 5 years ago

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      mlemmark Linux Mint Xfce makes a better alternative which a set of apps that makes sense, a great system updater, GUI to manage kernels, GUI to help fixing bugs, especially related to the repository. Mint also respect the user privacy, doesn't force snap, let the user have the choice. Mint Xfce has custom theme and user-friendly look-and-feel.
      Negative comment over 1 year ago

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    7. Kubuntu is an official "flavor" of Ubuntu that uses the KDE Plasma desktop environment. This gives it a completely different look and feel.
      Kubuntu vs Ubuntu opinions
      Almost everyone thinks Kubuntu is a great alternative to Ubuntu.
      RemovedUser Kubuntu is basically Ubuntu but with the KDE Plasma desktop, which gives a feel of Windows, highly recommended.
      Top positive comment  over 1 year ago

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      dgfigueroa29 KDE is faster than GNOME and more customizable too
      Top positive comment  over 1 year ago

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      It's full with bloatware and telemetry services.
      Negative comment almost 3 years ago

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      JohnFastman Kubuntu is simply Ubuntu with the KDE Plasma desktop environment instead of Unity. KDE Plasma is a very well thought-through, modern and highly configurable desktop environment that beats Windows 10 and OSX hands down. Note: KDE Plasma (and hence Kubuntu) might not run smoothly on quite old/slow computers.
      Positive comment over 5 years ago

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      All Ubuntu-like, with the AWESOME K Desktop Enviroment
      Positive comment about 6 years ago

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    8. Windows 10 is a personal computer operating system released by Microsoft as part of the Windows NT family of operating systems
      Windows 10 vs Ubuntu opinions
      This alternative is disputed. Windows 10 is still a legitimate alternative to Ubuntu, but it might have issues that some users think are important.
      Ubuntu is a open source, free software, while windows is opposite, it's not even Linux. While moving from Ubuntu, Windows should be the last option, even Mac is better.
      Negative comment about 2 months ago

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      LinuxDoge not free, not private, not Linux
      Negative comment 23 days ago

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    9. Lubuntu is a fast and lightweight operating system with a clean and easy-to-use user interface. It is a Linux system, that uses the minimal desktop LXDE/LXQT.
      Lubuntu vs Ubuntu opinions
      Almost everyone thinks Lubuntu is a great alternative to Ubuntu.
      JohnFastman Lubuntu is Ubuntu, but instead of Canonical's Unity desktop environment it comes with LXDE, which is simpler and ligher on resources and therefore more suitable for older/slower computers. That's it.
      Positive comment over 5 years ago

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      mlemmark It's lightweight and fast, but far from being very lightweight and fast. It has changed plans: https://lubuntu.me/taking-a-new-direction/ since and no longer is meant for "old computers" as it used to be like.
      Positive comment over 1 year ago

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      pili It is much more light weight, and it is the best compromise between usability and ressources. Since it is based on Ubuntu, it comes with all the packages, but with its lightweight software and LXDE, it is very lightweight : - Around 550MB of RAM on startup (according to gnome system monitor), 420 according to free and htop - 50 sec to boot on a lenovo old PC with the cheapest hardware possible Just love it :)
      Positive comment over 1 year ago

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    10. openSUSE is a free and Linux-based operating system for your PC, Laptop or Server.
      openSUSE vs Ubuntu opinions
      Some users think openSUSE is a great alternative to Ubuntu, some don't.
      It doesn't have proprietary codecs and drivers installed by default like Ubuntu. To use it, you need some knowledge and it's very limited in packages compared to Debian and Arch-based distros.
      Negative comment over 3 years ago

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      mlemmark Patterns are the main reason for me to not recommend openSUSE for people that want to have full control on what is installed and doesn't like a bloated system
      Negative comment over 1 year ago

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      openSUSE is so hard for newbies that people have created Gecko Linux (as an user-friendly and out-of-the-box derivate of openSUSE).
      Negative comment almost 3 years ago

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